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Why Oprah may have a point about Diana Nyad

About a week ago, Oprah was accused of believing that atheists can not experience awe or wonder. Literally, she said that “I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is.” For many atheists this meant that Oprah believes that atheists lack this capability. However, Diana…

Bas van der Veen

Welcome to Bascinations.com

Welcome to Bascinations.com, my English blog with posts about all the things and phenomena that fascinate me. Moreover, my little corner on the Internet will serve as a place where you can read about a broad range of subjects from my perspective. As a blue collar guy in a white collar professional environment, I tend…

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The Road to a Novel

Writing has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a child. It helped me to express my feelings and satisfy my need to create stories and process ideas. When I was twelve years old, I wrote long science fiction stories and dreamt of seeing them made into movies. It is one…

Learn Python The Hard Way

Time to get started with Python

With graduation in sight, I am finally mentally ready to get started with the Python course offered by Learn Code The Hard Way. People told me to get started with Python because it is relatively easy to learn and use. From time to time, I will report on my progress on this blog. As I mentioned…

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Back in the dojo: Kickboxing

After a one year break, I returned to the dojo a couple of weeks ago. When I was younger, I was never really into sports. It was not until I discovered kickboxing (or Muay Thai), that I knew there was a sport for me that satisfies my needs and that I actually like. Although it…

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Learning languages

There are not many reasons not to learn (new) languages. In a globalizing world, there are more and more people who speak (some form of) English, but at the same time there are also many people migrating who stick to their own language. In situations like these, it is always best to be the one speaking…

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Goals and ambitions for 2014

When there was still a lot of work to do for my thesis, I was looking forward to making plans for the future. I always knew that after graduation, I would not sit down and spend the rest of my life without pursuing new goals. Instead, there would be new ambitions, new fascinations, and new…